Look for a LSU bounce-back
October 10, 2018 3:00 AM
by Doc's Sports
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In a brief recap of last week’s picks, we got things rolling in the right direction with Notre Dame’s 45-23 victory against Virginia Tech as a five-point road favorite. In our Big Ten pick of the week, Michigan covered the 17.5 points in a 21-point win at home against Maryland. The lone loss of the week was Boise State’s shocking 19-13 setback against San Diego State as a 15-point home favorite. Here are this week’s selections:
Georgia Tech (-1) vs. Duke: Tech is coming off a big 66-31 romp over Louisville on Friday night as a 5.5-point road favorite. The Yellow Jackets moved to an even 3-3 straight-up and they are 2-4 against the spread after covering in their last two games. With a combined 129 points in their last two games, this offense has exploded following a slightly slower start than expected. Overall, Georgia Tech is ranked first in the nation in rushing yards per game (373.0).
Duke headed into last week’s bye off a 31-13 loss to Virginia Tech as a 6.5-point favorite. It was the Blue Devils first SU loss after winning its first four games. They have failed to cover in their last two games following a 3-0 start ATS. The loss to the Hokies exposed some weaknesses in Duke’s defense that could work against this unit in this Saturday’s matchup. GEORGIA TECH
Georgia (+7) at LSU: Coming off a loss that put a major dent in their postseason plans, the Tigers’ margin for error is basically zero. Falling to Florida 27-19 on Saturday as slight one-point road favorites snapped a SU five-game winning streak that included big wins against Miami (FL) and Auburn. LSU’s biggest strength is still a defense that is ranked 15th in the nation in points allowed (17.0).
The Bulldogs have yet to be really tested following a 6-0 SU start. They were able to cover as 26-point home favorites in Saturday’s lopsided 41-13 victory against Vanderbilt, but they are going to have to get past LSU on the road where they failed to cover as 14.5-point favorites in a 14-point victory against Missouri in Week 3. LSU
Florida International (-1.5 ) vs. Middle Tennessee: The Golden Panthers are coming off a bye following a 3-2 SU start while going 4-1 ATS. The only game they failed to cover was a 55-9 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff as heavy 57-point home favorites on Sept. 29. FIU has been able to average 38.2 points per game behind a balanced offensive attack that is posting over 430 total yards per game.
Middle Tennessee is also 3-2 (SU and ATS) coming off Saturday’s 34-24 upset over Marshall as a three-point road underdog. This followed a tight 25-24 win at home against Florida Atlantic as a 2.5-point underdog. Heading into this week’s matchup, the concern against the Golden Panthers is still a defense that has allowed an average of 33.8 PPG. FIU
Last week: 2-1